These ladies are my new heroes. Betty and Maureen have endured so much in just 7 days.
Maureen has settled into room 40 at the skilled nursing facility. She told me when I visited her today that she is feeling positive about the physical therapy plan put together by the specialist at Brookdale. The goal will be to get her moving and getting used to doing everyday activities with limited mobility due to her injuries. Now if we could only get her dang electronic library download app working again! Big props to Amanda, (Maureen's Daughter) for working so hard to get the remaining moving boxes unpacked and all the art hung on the wall so that the apartment is ready for Betty and Maureen's eventual return.
While Betty is still having nausea, she has been able to eat a bit more than my last update. Dianne and my M-I-L, Mary, both brought homemade broth which was a much needed break from the hospital food and Ensure. The thoracentesis procedure on Friday was successful as a large amount of fluid was removed, making more room for her lungs to expand. Her breathing has improved as a result. The epidural will be removed tomorrow so the doctor will be monitoring and adjusting the substituting pain medication. I am hoping this will be a smooth transition for Betty and her appetite continues to grow. The doctor estimates she will be moved to the skilled nursing facility (Brookdale) on Monday or Tuesday. Until then, she remains in the STICU, room 6.
Dianne, Kaelyn, Scott, Mary and Pat were able to spend time with Betty this week and I know she appreciated their company and comfort.